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Merkel: Refugee influx will transform Germany

Monday, September 07, 2015 - 01:13

The influx of migrants can change Germany in a ''positive'' way, Chancellor Angela Merkel reassure Germans as the country deals with thousands of refugees fleeing conflict. Pavithra George reports.

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As thousands of refugees poured into Germany over the weekend, German Chancellor Angela Merkel sought to reassure citizens. This, as the influx threatens to spur a rise in right-wing, anti-immigrant sentiment (SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMAN CHANCELLOR, ANGELA MERKEL, SAYING: "What we are experiencing now is something that will occupy and change our country in the coming years. We want this change to be positive and we believe we can accomplish that." But with the optimism came a much-repeated warning from the Germans, too... that, if other European countries deny entry to their fair share of refugees, Europe's open-border regime, known as Schengen, would be at risk... politically and economically. France has announced it would accept 24,000 refugees - to show solidarity with Germany, it's closest European partner. But as a seemingly mass exodus shows no sign of easing, E.U. leaders are shifting their focus to deal with it's root cause... considering whether or not to step up action in Syria and Iraq against Islamic State militants, whom scores of would-be migrants are trying to flee.

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Merkel: Refugee influx will transform Germany

Monday, September 07, 2015 - 01:13